OBM Transplantation (ISSN 2577-5820) is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc., which covers all evidence-based scientific studies related to transplantation, including: transplantation procedures and the maintenance of transplanted tissues or organs; assimilation of grafted tissue and the reconstitution of removed organs or parts of organs; transplantation of heart, lung, kidney, liver, pancreatic islets and bone marrow, etc. Areas related to clinical and experimental transplantation are also of interest.

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Special Issue

Graft-versus-Host Disease

Submission Deadline: September 15, 2020 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Yvonne A. Efebera, MD

Associate Professor, Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA

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Research Interests: Multiple myeloma; graft vs host disease; paraproteinemias; amyloidosis; necrobiotic xanthogranuloma; blood and marrow transplantation

About This Topic

Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (alloHSCT) is a curative treatment for many hematologic malignancies. Unfortunately, about 30-50% of all recipients undergoing alloHSCT develop acute and chronic graft-versus-host-disease (aGVHD), which is associated with high morbidity and mortality [1, 2]. The pathophysiology of aGVHD is complex but involves the activation of host antigen presenting cells (APCs) by recipient conditioning which in turn activate transplanted donor T lymphocytes that expand and differentiate into effector cells that mediate cytotoxicity against recipient tissues through Fas-Fas ligand interactions, perforin-granzyme B, and cytokine production [2, 3, 4, 5].  When  severe, aGVHD carries a poor prognosis, with only 25% long term survival for grade III and 5% for grade IV [6].  Major contributing factors to severity of GVHD include HLA mismatch, conditioning regimen intensity, age of donor and recipient, source of stem cell (Peripheral blood, bone marrow, cord blood), and donor type (related, unrelated, haploidentical). Strategies and clinical trials are ongoing to reduce the incidence of GVHD, and to improve on the survival outcome of patients with GVHD, including the assessment of microRNAs and use of biomarkers guided management. This issue welcomes submission in any areas that focuses on GVHD mitigation and management.

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Open Access Perspective

Acute Graft-Versus-Host Disease, Prophylaxis and Therapy

Received: 26 October 2020;  Published: 25 March 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.transplant.2101139


Graft-versus host disease is one of the major causes of death in patients undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Major contributing factors to severity of graft-versus host disease include HLA mismatch, conditioning regimen intensity, age of donor and recipient, source of stem cell, and donor type. Strategies and clinic [...]
Open Access Case Report

Severe Hypercholesterolemia Associated with Steroid-Refractory Acute Liver GVHD: Unusual Complication of Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation

Received: 19 July 2020;  Published: 18 September 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.transplant.2003118


Severe hypercholesterolemia is an uncommon complication of allogenic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). Treatment options for hypercholesterolemia due to liver graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) are limited because many antilipidemic medications are known to worsen hepatic functions. We report our experience on a case of a 38-year-old [...]